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By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
This year marks the 64th anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.
Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series.
The rodeos are Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m., Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. and are presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.
Following the rodeos on Wednesday and Saturday, a concert will be held at 6 p.m. McKenzies Mill is an up-and-coming band from Nashville. They have been characterized as a country rock and roll band with an electrifying stage presence. The concert will be completed prior to dark, so attendees can make their way to their favorite fireworks location.
The specialty act will be the Old Fort Days Dandies, an equestrian drill team based out of Fort Smith, Ark. The drill team is composed of teenage girls from 12-19 who perform a square dance on horseback. They are the goodwill ambassadors of the PRCA Old Fort Days Rodeo.
Traditional rodeo events are presented with a variety of exhibition events to make a varied and entertaining American rodeo experience. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry, with flags waving from westerners on horseback. The reigning queen, Morgan Schaaf, and princess, Deann Schaaf, will preside over the festivities and will participate in the grand entry.
Cowpokes, 6 years old or younger, will test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on in the Mutton Bustin’ event. This contest is held daily with 10 new contestants each leaving the arena with a special trophy and the overall winner receiving the authentic wrangler belt buckle.
Tickets are available at Goodman’s Department Store, the Wyndham Activities Center, and at the gate prior to the event. Rodeo tickets are $10 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under.
A limited number of box seats are available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000.
Concert tickets are $15 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. There is discount pricing for attending both concerts or a rodeo and concert combination.
A variety of concessions are available throughout the events.
This traditional American rodeo is a must-see event.
More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.